The number of incidents of domestic abuse in the Borders is at the highest level in a decade according to the latest statistics.
Figures released today showed that a total of 930 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to police in 2012-13, well up on the 801 reported the year before.
This was considerably higher than any figure recorded for the region over the past ten years. The statistics also confirmed that more than 60% of domestic abuse victims in Scotland have previously reported an incident to police.
John Lamont, MSP said: “These statistics are undoubtedly concerning, and show we are not getting to grips with the problem of domestic abuse. It is a vile crime to commit, and to see that the number of reported cases is at a ten year high shows that it is becoming more prevalent than ever.
“While it is encouraging that victims of domestic abuse are brave enough to report it to the police, once they have done so they are not being offered the proper support. Nearly two-thirds of those coming forward have previously reported domestic abuse but nothing was done to help them.
“It is down to us to help these individuals out, but we are failing to do this if we let those who abuse re-offend time and again. It is imperative we discover not only why more people in the Borders are carrying out these attacks, but also why they are allowed to get away with it.”
He added: “Each person who reports a case of domestic deserves our full support. Not only do they need to be given an option to escape their situation, we also need to come down hard on those committing these offences.”